Since the pandemic broke out, The
Tasting Room has offered hundreds of free lunches to first responders, fire
fighters, police officers, military, and medical workers. They also donated 30
bottles of wine and 10 cases of beer and raffled wines to raise $4,000 to
donate food, purchased from other local business, to frontline workers.
The Tasting Room is an Uptown wine
bar with bar bites from chef Orlando Harris that opened in September of last
Owner Christopher Jones made this
statement: "We are all in this together—to rebuild and to restore. As a
fellow New Orleanian and as a community, we need to support the frontline
workers and safely shatter the curve. One day soon enough, we'll share a
drink, a meal—together,"
"As restaurant and bar
operators, our industry is already feeling the effects," Jones wrote on his
business Facebook page in early March. The Tasting Room closed down,
"until further notice" on March 20.